Hollywood may be obsessed with remakes, but the industry would tie itself in knots trying to bring back “Mr. Mom.”
The 1983 comedy starred Michael Keaton as a man forced to take on his wife’s chores when he loses his job. Cooking. Cleaning. Doing laundry. What husband would even attempt such a thing?
How ’bout plenty of them in 2013?
A new Pew Research Study shatters the whole Mr. Mom/Ms. Dad divide.
Dads are doing more housework and child care; moms more paid work outside the home. Neither has overtaken the other in their “traditional” realms, but their roles are converging, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of long-term data on time use.
That sounds about right in our household. My wife and I never had a strategy session, one with pie charts, Power Point presentations and tchotchkes, to decide who would do what chores around the house once we had kids. It just … happened.
We split cooking fairly evenly depending on our work schedules, although it’s clear I enjoy making dinner more than the Missus. My wife handles the laundry. I dump the garbage around the house. She does most of the bills. I run the dishwasher and keep the kitchen clean. I would say “spotless,” but I won’t start lying on this blog now.
Does this make me less of a real man, the kind that scratches himself, watches SportsCenter and can name every Super Bowl champion from the last 10 years? I don’t think so. I don’t care, to be blunt. It keeps our marriage humming, and that’s what matters most.
I do think fathers bring something unique to a child’s upbringing, something the average pappy, including yours truly, may not completely understand. I simply know doing “women’s” chores won’t dent it one little bit.